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Court dismisses Performance Industries' infringement case against Australian-based motorcycle parts vendor

By Takesha Thomas | Jan 16, 2019

TAMPA – The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida recently granted an an Australian-based motorcycle parts vendor a motion to dismiss a copyright infringement case filed by Florida-based motorcycle parts vendor Performance Industries Manufacturing Inc.

Judge dismisses several claims against University Community Hospital in debt collection case

By Takesha Thomas | Jan 16, 2019

TAMPA –The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida recently granted several motions by University Community Hospital, doing business as Florida Hospital Carrollwood, in a suit alleging the hospital falsely acted as a debt collector.

Court dismisses case over popular game Left Center Right due to lack of jurisdiction

By Charmaine Little | Jan 16, 2019

FORT MYERS -- A legal dispute over the trademarked game Left Center Right (LCR) was dismissed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida Fort Myers Division on Dec. 27.

Court denies judgment in employment discrimination case against Brevard County sheriff

By Takesha Thomas | Jan 16, 2019

ORLANDO -- A U.S. district court in Florida has denied a motion for summary judgment filed in an employment discrimination case against the Brevard County sheriff.

Judge denies HR company's bid to dismiss in background check class action

By Takesha Thomas | Jan 16, 2019

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A district judge has denied a motion to dismiss filed by a human resources company after it provided background checks to companies without authorization.

Judge denies hotel group's bid for dismissal in racial discrimination case

By Takesha Thomas | Jan 16, 2019

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A Florida judge has denied a motion for summary judgement filed by a hotel group over a racial discrimination lawsuit.

Mother files amended ADA complaint over sexual assault of Pinellas County School student

By Karen Kidd | Jan 15, 2019

TAMPA — The mother of a former Pinellas County School student, whose federal Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit against the school system following the 2016 sexual assault of her son by another student was dismissed last month, has filed an amended complaint.

Miami-based federal judge orders Florida Patriot National shareholders' class action transferred to New York

By Karen Kidd | Jan 15, 2019

MIAMI – The U.S. District court for the Southern District of Florida recently ordered that a Florida class action on behalf of shareholders in a Florida-based outsourcing company that emerged from Chapter 11 last year be transferred to a federal court in New York.

Miami attorney calls Florida Supreme Court ruling against education funding lawsuit a 'dereliction of duty'

By Carrie Bradon | Jan 14, 2019

A nearly 10-year-old lawsuit questioning the funding for a quality education system in Florida has been thrown out by the Florida Supreme Court.

DeSantis set to announce appointment of second Supreme Court justice

By John Breslin | Jan 14, 2019

TALLAHASSEE - Gov. Ron DeSantis is wasting little time in filling vacancies on the Florida Supreme Court, with a second judge from the south of the state expected to be appointed Monday.

Bankruptcy appeal dismissed for lack of jurisdiction amid firing of popular music producer

By Charmaine Little | Jan 11, 2019

MIAMI -- A bankruptcy appeal was dismissed due to a lack of jurisdiction Dec. 27 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Florida's NFIB upbeat on GOP legislature and conservative Supreme Court

By Glenn Minnis | Jan 11, 2019

TALLAHASSEE - This year could be "the year" - legislatively and in the courts - for small business owners in Florida, according to an industry leader.

Florida Justice Reform Institute backs Supreme Court school funding decision

By Carrie Bradon | Jan 10, 2019

TALLAHASSEE- The Florida Supreme Court recently threw out a lawsuit that has been lingering for nine years, alleging Florida has not done enough to ensure that the state education system is of a high enough caliber.

Florida high court rules on timing of insurance deductible in hospital case

By Charmaine Little | Jan 10, 2019

TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Supreme Court has weighed in with a unanimous decision on conflicting rulings from two lower courts on whether, based on Florida Statute 627.739, a personal injury protection insurance policy deductible should be applied to a medical provider’s bill for hospital emergency treatments before or after the fees are lowered under the reimbursement.

Appeals court rules elevator company official can't be sued in worker's death

By Charmaine Little | Jan 10, 2019

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida's First District Court of Appeal determined Dec. 28 that a lower court erred when it denied a motion to dismiss a wrongful death action.

Foundation for Florida's Future calls state high court decision 'a victory'

By Carrie Bradon | Jan 10, 2019

TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Supreme Court ruled Jan, 4 on a lawsuit filed nearly 10 years ago, alleging Florida was not doing enough to provide quality education to students, on grounds that the plaintiffs' allegations were without merit.

Court rules to disqualify law firm as counsel in Horizon Healthcare payment claims case

By Kasey Schefflin-Emrich | Jan 9, 2019

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida has granted a motion to disqualify a law firm from representing plaintiffs in a case involving alleged wrongful denial of payment claims.

U.S. district court grants motion to dismiss First Amendment retaliation complaint

By Kasey Schefflin-Emrich | Jan 9, 2019

MIAMI -- The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida has granted a deputy’s motion to dismiss a First Amendment retaliation complaint against him in a case involving the alleged unlawful conduct of an airline passenger.

DeSantis picks appeals court Judge Lagoa for Supreme Court; New justice praised as 'textualist'

By Ann Maher | Jan 9, 2019

Florida Gov. Rick DeSantis has picked Florida Third District Court of Appeals Judge Barbara Lagoa to serve on the state Supreme Court.

Supreme Court certifies need for need 8 more judges throughout state

By Charmaine Little | Jan 8, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Supreme Court recently determined the state needs eight more trial court judges in the 2019-20 fiscal year and certified its findings and recommendations.

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